Finnair announces new routes and increased frequencies for European Summer 2017 and adds Central Sweden
In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding four new short haul routes to its summer 2017 traffic program.
Between April 11 and October 28 2017, Finnair will operate four weekly flights to Reykjavik. Iceland’s lively and modern capital offers an interesting contrast in the land of desolate moonscapes, rolling seas and snow-capped mountains. Reykjavik is a short day trip to many of Iceland’s spectacular sights including the renowned Golden Circle route, which features roaring Gullfoss falls, the geothermally-active Haukadalur valley and famous Geysir geyser. Finnair’s new route to Reykjavik will complement the airline’s pre-existing codeshare on services operated by partner Icelandair, offering customers an even greater range of travel options. Once opened, Finnair’s route will offer one of the fastest connections between Asia and Iceland.
In addition to the new route to Reykjavik for the summer 2017 season, Finnair will now fly weekly to Corfu, Greece and Menorca, Spain on Sundays. On Saturdays between 17 June and August 12 2017, Finnair will also operate a new weekly flight to Ibiza, Spain.
Finnair is increasing its flight capacity to Dublin, Ireland. From 27 March 2017 Finnair will operate up to nine weekly flights between Helsinki and Dublin, on a mix of A319 and E90 aircraft. Compact and easy to explore on foot, Dublin is filled with historical monuments, museums and theatres while street views range from classic Georgian architecture to hypermodern landmarks.
Finnair is also increasing its capacity in the UK market for the European summer season as it will continue its Edinburgh route with up to five weekly flights. From 5 October 5 2016, Finnair’s morning flights to and from London will be aboard state-of-the-art A350 aircraft (except Tuesdays and Saturdays).
Meanwhile, Finnair has added Västerås in Central Sweden to its network, with a code share on the new NextJet route between Helsinki and Västerås, with flights commencing 15 September 2016.
The route will be operated with three return flights on weekdays, one on Saturdays and two on Sundays, with smooth connections to Finnair’s Asian and European network.
The code share is a part of Finnair’s expansion in Sweden, and increases Finnair’s Swedish destinations to five. Finnair flies daily to Arlanda and Bromma in Stockholm, to Gothenburgh in the west coast of Sweden, and from 1 September 1, to Umeå in cooperation with Swedish regional airline, BRA.
Finnair Country Sales Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, said the airline was continuing to respond to customer demand for access to popular destinations and introduce new and exciting world hot spots for leisure and business travellers.
“We traditionally receive a good pick up of traffic from Australia on new routes as was the case when our Dublin and Edinburgh services commenced earlier this year,” Mr Stone said.
“Our European summer schedule will again add frequency and access to popular holiday hot spots for Australians.”
Finnair flies to Helsinki and Europe from Australia in partnership with Qantas and other oneworld partners. Finnair connects 15 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. Finnair was named Best Off-Line Carrier for the fourth year in a row at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for 2016 announced in July. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, is the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past seven years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world’s leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.